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Debating the Death Penalty

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The gas chamber at San Quentin Prison, California.  Source: Gilroy Dispatch

The gas chamber at San Quentin Prison, California. Source: Gilroy Dispatch

The recent California state executions of Stanley “Tookie” Williams and Clarence Ray Allen re-ignited the debate over the death penalty. The state taking a life: is it justice for the victim or revenge for a crime committed?

On this edition, we’ll hear from several sides of the argument, and about what two California lawmakers are doing to halt future executions.

Featuring:

Bill Pelke, chairman, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; Aaron Owens, former death row inmate; Harriet Salarno, mother of murdered woman and death penalty supporter; Stefanie Foucher, program director, Death Penalty Focus; Natasha Minsker, director of death penalty policy, ACLU of Northern California; Maggie Elvey, executive assistant, Crime Victims United of California.

This week’s host: Tena Rubio.
Contributing producers: Sarah Olson, Emily Polk.

For more information:

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty – Washington, D.C.

Death Penalty Focus – San Francisco, CA

ACLU of Northern California – San Francisco, CA

Crime Victims United of California – Sacramento, CA

Author: Kwan

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